The Red Bull Racing team became the second after Haas to declassify the car for the new Formula 1 season. But not without reservations: it is noted that the presented car is different from the one that we will see during the upcoming tests in Barcelona and Bahrain. The car now bears the name Oracle, Red Bull Racing’s new title sponsor, with a five-year, half-billion dollar contract.
Oracle Red Bull Racing, now the team’s official name, has given the 2022 car the RB18 designation. Among the main differences from its predecessor is a simplified design of the front wing, consisting of three planes (the regulations allow for four working planes), which, theoretically, can add more downforce to the car at low speeds. The opening of the air ducts of the front brakes and the upper air intake has also decreased.
In addition to all of the above, deflectors appeared above the wheels, which are designed to reduce turbulence. The diffuser has the maximum width and height allowed by the regulations, and has large partitions.
In general, the plumage of the car looks quite simple, which is not typical for Red Bull, and the fairing seems to be missing a few sponsor stickers – this was noticed by several publications at once, including The Race and AutoEvolution. They agree that the presented car will be seriously different from the one that the team will bring to the tests.